Andy Butler

is an artist, writer and curator.

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Culture May 01, 2021

Stanislava Pinchuk’s Terra Data

Stanislava Pinchuk’s astute and surprising survey exhibition, Terra Data, explores the human aftermath of catastrophe through delicate works drawn from data-mapping.

Culture April 17, 2021

Thai mural master Phaptawan Suwannakudt

Thai–Australian artist Phaptawan Suwannakudt has been challenging norms throughout her distinguished career, which began when her famous father taught her to paint.

Culture January 30, 2021

Xenogenesis

The Otolith Group’s Xenogenesis draws on science fiction to create an unsettling mirror of our present time.

Culture December 19, 2020

Making sense of a changing world

We must support Australian artists in their most ambitious visions to understand the seismic shifts of our time.

Culture August 29, 2020

Hyper-linked

The AGNSW’s online show Hyper-linked has its rewards but also reveals the perils of rushing art online in a global emergency.

Culture August 15, 2020

James Nguyen and Victoria Pham

Through their new work for BLEED 2020, artists James Nguyen and Victoria Pham reanimate the Đông Sơn drum, an ancient instrument with great cultural significance for their Vietnamese heritage. “We wanted to build a body of knowledge around this instrument in a way that just isn’t possible in academia or museums.”

Culture July 04, 2020

22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN

Focusing on the perspectives of First Nations artists from Australia and around the world, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, NIRIN, invites audiences to fight for greater justice and equality. It’s a triumph.

Visual Art March 14, 2020

Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres

Aiming to confront audiences with the hidden monstrosities of our age, the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art provokes crucial questions.

Visual Art November 23, 2019

Cornelia Parker

The Museum of Contemporary Art’s Cornelia Parker is a testament to the British artist’s vital work, as she contends with the violence and volatility of our times.

Visual Art October 19, 2019

Haroon Mirza: The Construction of an Act

In The Construction of an Act, British installation artist Haroon Mirza explores how extraordinary feelings can arise from everyday phenomena.

Visual Art August 10, 2019

this mob at West Space

With art collectives on the rise, this mob – a group of young blak artists – put their work on display in two Melbourne gallery spaces in a bid to subvert the usual way artists interface with the public.

Culture June 15, 2019

TarraWarra International 2019: The Tangible Trace

The Tangible Trace, the TarraWarra Museum of Art’s new exhibition, has works of subtle beauty, but ultimately asks too few challenging questions of its audience.

Visual Art April 13, 2019

The National 2019

The National successfully unites three cultural institutions in an exhibition interrogating inequality, colonisation and racism.

Visual Art December 15, 2018

Patricia Piccinini & Joy Hester: Through love…

Surprisingly, proximity to Patricia Piccinini’s unsettling hybrid forms brings the darker themes of painter Joy Hester’s work to the fore, in the joint exhibition Through love... at TarraWarra.

Visual Art October 27, 2018

Steven Rhall’s objects

Steven Rhall’s exhibition Defunctionalised Autonomous Objects addresses the way colonial societies have exhibited Indigenous art and culture, and makes its audience face their previous comfort with it.